Vande Bharat, Chenab Bridge Among A Host Of Indian Railway Achievements On Show At Trade Fair

by Arun Kumar Das - Nov 24, 2021 04:54 AM
Vande Bharat, Chenab Bridge Among A Host Of Indian Railway Achievements On Show At Trade FairIndian Railways at the India International Trade Fair in New Delhi.
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  • With 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat' as the theme, the exhibition put up by the national transporter has also showcased the redeveloped Gandhinagar station in Gujarat and Rani Kamalapati (Habibganj) station in Bhopal.

Highlighting its transformational journey, Indian Railways has showcased Vande Bharat Express, the country's first indigenously built semi-high speed train, at the India International Trade Fair.

The most sought after premier train, which is providing its services on Delhi-Katra and Delhi–Varanasi routes, will soon connect other destinations across the country.

With 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat' as the theme, the exhibition put up by the national transporter has also showcased the redeveloped Gandhinagar station in Gujarat and Rani Kamalapati (Habibganj) station in Bhopal.

The facade of Railways pavilion is the replica of the canopy of Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal Railway Station (Bengaluru) which is giving a captivating look to the pavilion.

The iconic Chenab Bridge, a 12,000 HP (horsepower) electric locomotive,
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Vistadome tourist coach and the recently launched 3-tier AC Economy Coach are other major attractions at the Railway pavilion.

Chenab Bridge, the world's highest railway bridge, once fully completed, will provide rail connectivity between Kashmir valley and the rest of the nation, bringing socio-economic development in the region.

This bridge is higher than the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The 12,000 HP electric loco is one of the most powerful make-in-India electric engines in the country. It is the nation's first e-loco to be certified to run at a maximum speed of 120 kmph.

This locomotive has a hauling capacity of around 6,000 tonnes. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site of the Railways, offers a gateway to the spectacular Himalayas packed with mesmerizing views and lush green terrains of Darjeeling.

This railway was declared as a World Heritage Site on December 5, 1999.
This time, Indian Railways has taken various initiatives, making a visit to its pavilion a worthwhile event for all age groups.

An interactive screen for quiz about Railways has been set up, where one can participate and win interesting goodies.

The Virtual Reality experience of Kalka-Shimla section is also one thing that you don't want to miss while visiting the pavilion. Here, visitors can get a virtual experience of a journey in a toy train, giving mesmerizing views of lush green terrains and hills in the section.

A Touch-Screen Video Gallery, where you can watch videos of your choice from the gallery of videos based on the topic of your choice, is also showcased.

The new version of "Mile Sur Mera Tumhara" is also fascinating visitors as they enter the stall. Recently, this new version was sung by Railway staff from across the nation, showcasing the rich cultures and languages of our country.

The Pavilion has been made informative with translights installed on walls and pillars. One can get updated with all the recent developments of the Railways and future rail plans here.

A special dedicated corner has been kept for sports, depicting the glories that railway sportspersons have brought to the nation, including the five medalists of the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Also, there is a trophy cabinet, where one can see all the laurels that railways sportspersons have brought to the nation.

Indian Railways is also among the 1,500 exhibitors at the Trade Fair.
Indian Railways monthly magazine, with its rich history of over 60 years, is also being given space in the Pavilion. Here, one can take online subscriptions of Bhartiya Rail (Hindi) and Indian Railways (English) magazines.

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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